A stay at home order was issued by Dr. Brian Holmes, Dickinson County health officer, late Monday for nonessential activities.
“It is estimated that each COVID-19 positive patient could infect between 2.6 to 4 other people,” the order read. “Furthermore, there is emerging evidence in neighboring counties, including Morris and Riley Counties, of transmission by pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic people, making routine case-finding and exposure tracing strategies insufficient.
“Social distancing strategies are effective when implemented early enough — ideally within two weeks of the first case and are key to flattening the epidemic curve to prevent overwhelming our local health care system’s ability to care for the proportion of residents who develop severe symptoms.
“Despite recent enactment of public health orders (schools, bars and restaurants), lack of available metrics to monitor the effect of these measures and the potential dire consequences of delay led the public health community across metropolitan Kansas City and elected officials to conclude that further delay could lead to excess mortality.
“Early implementation of this strategy is even more important in the context of limited testing capacity, as is the case in the Kansas City area. With full community cooperation, this proactive public health order can minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our Dickinson County community,” the order said.
Social distancing requirement means maintaining at least six-feet social distancing from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.
Violating the order is a class C misdemeanor with a fine of not less than $25 or more than $100 for each offense.
For the purposes of this Order, “Essential Businesses” means:
• Healthcare operations, essential infrastructure and essential government functions;
• Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This includes stores that sell or distribute groceries and other non-grocery products, and products or services necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences; however, the touching of unpacked baked goods is prohibited;
• Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing;
• Human and animal food processing facilities and facility workers;
• Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals;
• Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services;
• Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair and servicing, emergency road services and related services and facilities;
• Banks and related financial institutions;
• Hardware stores;
• Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, construction, cleaning and janitorial staff, security staff, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, lawn care and landscaping and other trades and service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses;
• Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes;
• Educational institutions, which includes public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions related to distance learning and support to other essential businesses (such as transportation and law enforcement), provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible. School buildings may be used if needed to house individuals, distribute food, provide medical care, distance learning or any other services deemed necessary to protect the life and property and other critical resources;
• Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers;
• Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food and/or beverages, but only for delivery or carry out and not for consumption on the premises. Schools and other entities that typically provide free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so under this Order on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and takeaway basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or at any other gathering site;
• Businesses that supply products and services needed for people to work from home;
• Businesses that supply other Essential Businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate;
• Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, beverages, goods or services directly to residences;
• Taxis, aircraft, commercial transportation and logistics providers and services and other transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for Essential Activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order;
• Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children;
• Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children;
• Professional services, such as legal services, accounting services, real estate services, and insurance services;
• Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted. To the extent possible, childcare facilities shall operate under the following conditions:
1. Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 10 or fewer (“stable” means that the same 10 or fewer children are in the same group each day);
2. Children shall not change from one group to another;
3. If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with each other; and
4. Childcare providers shall remain solely with one group of children;
• Mortuary, cremation, and burial services;
• Hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging and delivery or carry-out food services.
• Manufacturing companies, distributors, and supply chain companies producing and
supplying essential products and services in and for residences and industries such as pharmaceutical, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, chemicals and sanitation, waste pickup and disposal, agriculture, food and beverage, transportation, energy, steel and steel products, petroleum, lubricants and fuel, mining, construction, national defense, communications, as well as products and services used by Essential Businesses.
All large public gatherings of people in the county are prohibited unless otherwise ordered by the Public Health Board or by the local health officer. Large public gatherings are those with more than 10 people in attendance or anticipated to attend, both indoor and outdoor, except for Essential Businesses.
A “gathering” does not include normal operations at spaces where persons may be in transit or coming and going individually or in groups of less than 10 persons.
For all gatherings of people, the health officer strongly encourages everyone to follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and federal, state and local public health officials and private medical providers.
The order requires the sheriff, deputy sheriff or other law enforcement officer of the state or any political subdivision within Dickinson County to assist in the execution or enforcement of this order.
Contact Tim Horan at firstname.lastname@example.org.